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McDonagh named captain; Final cuts made; Rangers move a contract to keep Duclair

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Today's New York Rangers notes.

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One could say that a few things happened in Rangers land yesterday. In fact, with the exception of maybe July 1, I would call yesterday the busiest day of the Rangers offseason. So that adds up to a lot of links, and plenty to get to. So without further ado, your morning notes.

If you went to sleep early last night, you might have missed the Rangers naming Ryan McDonagh the captain, as long as four (count em', four!) alternate captains. [Blueshirt Banter] [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]

The Rangers announced their final round of cuts on Monday, waiving five players in total, four of which with the intent of going down to Hartford. [Blueshirt Banter] [Blueshirts Blog]

There was still more roster work to be done, and the Rangers moved a contract on Monday to get under the limit and allow Anthony Duclair to remain in New York. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [Ranger Rants]

Speaking of Duclair, he's not Evgeny Gravchev, but that also doesn't mean you should expect him to score eight goals Thursday night against the Blues. [Blueshirt Banter]

In another unsurprising move that creates additional roster and salary cap flexibility, Derek Stepan was placed on long-term injured reserve. [NY Post] [Newsday]

The message to J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, and Duclair, the Rangers trio of youngsters, is simple: Perform well, and the minutes and roster spots will continue to be afforded to you. [Ranger Rants] [Newsday]

Pavel Buchnevich was sick and tired of hearing about how great Duclair is. So on Monday, he recorded a GIF-worthy goal and two assists. [Blueshirt Banter]

Cedrick Desjardins passed through waivers on Monday, and will be the main in the crease for the Wolf Pack. What does he bring with him? How about this super-dope mask. [Blueshirt Banter] [Eye On Hockey]